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Alexis McKenney

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Professor of Instruction
Recreational Therapy Program Director


1700 N. Broad Street, Suite 304
Philadelphia, PA 19122


  • EdD, Education (Therapeutic Recreation track), University of Georgia
  • MS, Recreational Studies (Therapeutic Recreation track), University of Florida
  • BS, Recreational Studies (Public Recreation track), University of Florida


Alexis McKenney, EdD, CTRS, has published several articles and chapters on topics related to character development and Recreational Therapy (RT), RT internationally, RT as a viable service in educational settings, and RT issues in higher education. Much of Dr. McKenney’s research has focused on examining effects of life-skills and RT interventions designed to assist in the treatment of youth with disruptive behavior disorders and/or who are considered to be at-risk for behavior problems. Currently, using the social model of disability, she is researching changes in attitudes and behaviors among students who participate in disability simulation activities while studying abroad, developing a model to explain the process of moving from a sympathetic response to one of empathy and, ultimately, advocacy, as well as a reliable and valid survey instrument that will be used to assess changes in participants' attitudes as as a result of participating in a range of disability trainings. In addition, Alexis is presently a Co-Editor for the American Therapeutic Recreation Association Annual, and a reviewer for the American Journal of Recreation Therapy and the Therapeutic Recreation Journal.

Research Interests

  • Child and Adolescent Disability
  • Community-based Program Evaluation
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